Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.


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Friday, May 4, 2012

Keep Political Ads Off PBS & NPR

Imagine turning on your local PBS station and hearing them say, "Today's episode of Sesame Street was brought to you by Mitt Romney. Up next, Downton Abbey, but first, a word from the Priorities USA Super PAC."
This is no joke! Last week a U.S. appeals court struck down a ban on political ads on public broadcasting.That means your local PBS or NPR station could start running nasty political attack ads right away. 
Many Americans turn to public TV or radio to escape the offensive political ads that have flooded commercial stations. Polluting public programming with these misleading and negative ads is not in keeping with the original vision of noncommercial broadcasting.
We need to invest in public media, not open it up to dirty Super PAC money. That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org urging NPR and PBS to keep their stations free of nasty attack ads. The petition says:
Don't pollute public broadcasting stations with political attack ads. Americans rely on PBS and NPR for programming that's free of the negative and misleading commercials that have flooded commercial airwaves. Don't open up public broadcasting to dirty Super PAC money.
Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:
Thanks!
–Candace Clement
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